Though a deadline day move to Reading FC fell through for Chelsea’s Kenedy, it seems as if the 23-year old’s transfer away from London will still happen before the end of this year’s summer transfer window. According to Gianluca Di Marzio of Sky Sport Italia, Italian side US Sassuolo are supposedly already in discussions with the Blues to secure a one-year loan spell for the Brazilian. Recent business with the Serie A club also included the permanent transfer of another former Chelsea player, Jeremy Boga.
Kenedy’s arrival at Stamford Bridge back in 2015 had seen him do well initially, especially in preseason, as he received some good minutes under José Mourinho, scoring a memorable goal against Norwich City and showing off some of his Brazilian flair. However, after two patchy loan spells at Newcastle United, the winger’s stock has gone down drastically and potential suitors have been hard to come by in recent times. As it stands, Frank Lampard doesn’t seem to see the former Fluminese man in his plans due to Willian’s return and Callum Hudson-Odoi coming back after the international break.
Sassuolo and their manager Roberto De Zerbi are currently in dire need of a new left-back after their main one Rogério sustained a possibly serious injury in their first Serie A game of the season against Torino and former Blue, Ola Aina. Kenedy is therefore seen as the perfect choice to provide cover for both the mentioned left-back spot and any of the forward positions. Whether or not the Brazilian is particularly excited about the prospect of playing out of position for the rest of the season is doubtful, but game time’s key for him to finally live up to his full potential and show the world what he can do.
Chelsea will hopefully know what they are doing as the departure of Eden Hazard already depleted their numbers up front. While Kenedy was never likely to tie down a starting spot, the flurry of games approaching from September onward would most certainly provide the winger with some minutes. Nevertheless, one can understand that the Brazilian is intent on finding a (semi-)permanent home and Lampard’s reported stance on him will only encourage Kenedy to ultimately push for this outcome until the window closes in 3 days.
Written by Jimmy Funnell (@JimmyFunnellCFC on Twitter).